short time

short time
short time UK US noun [U] (UK HR
a situation in which workers work fewer hours or days than usual because there is not much work to do: on short time »

Hundreds of people in the company are now on short time.


A few weeks ago several Japanese car factories had to go onto short-time working because they didn't have enough steel.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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